Protecting Yourself And Your Baby From The Flu

One of the biggest questions we get from expectant mothers during flu season is how to best protect themselves and their baby from the flu.  “The physicians at Women’s Health Specialists follow the CDC’s recommendations that pregnant women get the flu vaccine, not only for their safety, but their baby’s as well,” shares Trisha Quick, Nursing Supervisor with Women’s Health Specialists.  “The vaccine prompts the body to build up antibodies that help fight infection. These antibodies are then passed to your baby to protect them from the flu before birth and in their first few months of life.”

“At Women’s Health Specialists we start offering the flu shot to women in September because it takes about two weeks after the vaccination for antibodies to develop.  We encourage women to get vaccinated well before the flu starts spreading in the Fox Valley community,” commented Trisha.  “During pregnancy, changes in a woman’s immune system make her more susceptible to severe illness from the flu, putting her at high risk for serious complications.”

Common symptoms of the flu include but are not limited to fever/chills, body aches, tiredness, sore throat, runny or suffy nose and cough.  This does not generally include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea in adults. “If you’re pregnant and do start showing symptoms of the flu, it’s recommended to call your OB/GYN right away,” notes Trisha.

Other steps you can take toward flu prevention include practicing good health habits, such as getting plenty of rest, avoiding touching your nose, mouth and eyes, washing your hands often and cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched areas at home and work.

You can schedule your flu shot with Women’s Health Specialists by calling 920-749-4000.